granular snow accumulated on high mountains and subsequently compacted into glacial ice.
a field of such snow.

Origin of névé

1850–55; < Franco-Provençal < Vulgar Latin *nivātum, noun use of neuter of Latin nivātus snow-cooled, equivalent to niv- (stem of nix snow) + -ātus -ate1
Also called firn, old snow.
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  • The day after his return, then, John set out with Jonas for Neve.

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    G. A. Henty

  • I've been in the business twenty yea's, and I neve' seen her equal.

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    Winston Churchill

  • Neve foret terris securior arduus ther,Affectasse ferunt regnum celeste gigantes;Attaque congestos struxisse ad sidera montes.

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    Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)

  • In order to cut snow, neve or ice to pile on the flounce, a pick and spade had to be included in the sledging equip meet.

  • In the evening a field of neve was reached and we felt more placid after the anxiety of the preceding hours.

British Dictionary definitions for neve



Also called: firn a mass of porous ice, formed from snow, that has not yet become frozen into glacier ice
a snowfield at the head of a glacier that becomes transformed into ice

Word Origin for névé

C19: from Swiss French névé glacier, from Late Latin nivātus snow-cooled, from nix snow
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Word Origin and History for neve

"field of granular snow, firn," 1843, from French névé (19c.), probably from Savoyard névi "mass of snow," from Latin nivem (nominative nix) "snow" (cf. French neige), from PIE root *sneigwh- "snow, to snow" (see snow (n.)).

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neve in Science



The upper part of a glacier, consisting of hardened snow.
The granular snow typically found in such a field.
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